crowdfunding

By Jonah Comstock February 11, 2016
MobiHealthNews' last crowdfunding roundup wasn't too long ago, but there are already a number of new digital health apps and devices on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Read on below for a smart water bottle and a smart baby bottle, PERS and PHRs, an activity tracker for swimming, an app for anxiety, and more. Flo Flo is a smartphone-connected noncontact thermometer. Like Withings’ recently-announced...
By Jonah Comstock October 23, 2015
Nearly a year after announcing its direct-to-consumer fitness tracker AmpStrip -- and after raising more than $500,000 on Indiegogo for it -- Fitlinxx has announced that it will not be developing AmpStrip as a fitness tracker, but rather as a medical device. The company will refund all of its nearly 4,000 backers on request. Engadget first reported the news. The news came in an update to the...
By Jonah Comstock May 26, 2015
It's been almost two months since MobiHealthNews has surveyed the mobile and digital health crowdfunding landscape, but the tide of projects hasn't slowed down. At the end of March, we looked at smart jump ropes, smart canes, two wearable thermometers, and an app-connected home blood test kit. Three out of five of those companies -- Kenkodo, Smart Rope, and STEMP -- made their goals (with the...
By Jonah Comstock February 19, 2015
Melon, the EEG-tracking headband company that raised nearly triple its initial goal in a 2013 crowdfunding campaign, has been acquired by DAQRI, an enterprise augmented reality company founded in 2010, for an undisclosed amount. DAQRI's CEO Brian Mullins announced the acquisition from the keynote stage at the 4D Expo, an event hosted by the company. DAQRI is working on something it calls "4D," a...
By Jonah Comstock January 30, 2015
The past few weeks have been good to digital health projects on crowdfunding platforms Indiegogo and Kickstarter. While some of the nine projects below are the latest in a long line of takes on the wristworn activity tracker, others facilitate the tracking of temperature, blood glucose, sleep, or concussions. And most of these projects have already surpassed their funding goals. Read on to see...
By Jonah Comstock December 17, 2014
Over the last two months, crowdfunding campaigns have launched for numerous smartwatches and fitness wearables, as well as a number of more health-specific devices. These devices purport to help track eating behavior, heart health, dental health, sleep, and even cancer detection. Some devices aim to track health holistically, and the list even includes a smart water bottle meant to help users...
By Jonah Comstock October 14, 2014
There seems to be a pattern emerging among health and fitness devices that do well on crowdfunding platforms: Break a record with your campaign, then ship your device several months late. Pebble broke Kickstarter's funding record, then took more than a year to ship all its backer devices. Misfit Shine raised $100,000 in less than 10 hours on Indiegogo, then delayed its ship date from spring to...
By Jonah Comstock October 6, 2014
Digital health devices -- including consumer-facing activity trackers and wearables -- have a constant presence on Indiegogo and Kickstarter these days. But lately a few health-related devices have made a big splash, raising well over their funding goal. The Darma smart seat cushion, the SmartMat smart yoga mat, and Pavlok, a wrist bracelet that uses small shocks to discourage bad habits, have...
By Brian Dolan August 25, 2014
Fresh off its $2.4 million crowdfunding campaigning for sleep tracking, bedside orb, Sense, San Francisco-based startup Hello has announced $10.5 million in backing from a group of angel investors. The Wall Street Journal reports the investors include former PayPal head David Marcus, Facebook executive Dan Rose, former Facebook designer Aaron Sittig, Spotify advisor Shakil Khan, and Hugo Barra, a...
By Aditi Pai July 24, 2014
This week, a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for a sleep sensor, called Sense, reached and surpassed its $100,000 goal on the same day it launched. And while this company's crowdfunding success was almost immediate, a few companies, which are still weeks from their goals, have been gaining funds steadily. Some other campaigns that have launched recently include a connected health platform, a...

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